Ashes to Honey

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Ashes to Honey
Ashes to Honey poster.jpg
Original poster
Directed by Hitomi Kamanaka
Produced by Shūkichi Koizumi
Production
company
Group Gendai
Release dates
  • September 18, 2010 (2010-09-18) (Ishikawa)
Running time
116 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Ashes to Honey (ミツバチの羽音と地球の回転 Mitsubashi no haoto to chikyū no kaiten?), (literally "Humming of Bees and Rotation of the Earth") is a Japanese documentary directed by Hitomi Kamanaka and released in 2010.[1] It is the third in Kamanaka's trilogy of films on the problems of nuclear power and radiation, preceded by Hibakusha at the End of the World (also known as Radiation: A Slow Death) and Rokkasho Rhapsody.[2]

Content[edit]

The documentary covers the long struggle of the residents of Iwaijima island in the Inland Sea of Japan to prevent the construction of a nuclear power plant across the bay.[3] It compares the situation to Sweden, where models of sustainable energy are being explored.

Production[edit]

Kamanaka began filming the documentary in 2008 and completed it in 2010. The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake took place right during the film's first Tokyo screening.[4]

Reception[edit]

In a poll of critics at Kinema Junpo, Ashes to Honey was selected as the fifth best documentary of 2011.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mitsubashi no haoto to chikyū no kaiten". Cinema Today (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mitsubashi no haoto to chikyū no kaiten Kawanaka Hitomi". Eiga Geijutsu (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Tolley, Gail (18 November 2011). "Ashes to Honey is the film of the moment". The Independent. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Kamanaka, Hitomi (2012). Ashes to Honey booklet. Zakka Films. 
  5. ^ "2011-nen Dai 85-kai Kinema Junpō besuto ten". Kinema Junpō. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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